Young Poets on Climate Change: The Power of Being a Young Writer

Foyle Young Poet and climate activist Amelia Dye has had the strange experience of one of her poems going viral, thanks to Extinction Rebellion. So how does this young climate activist begin to put the current ecological crisis into poetry? And how can you get involved? When I first became a climate activist, my activism […]

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Young Poets on Climate Change: How to Write about Climate Catastrophe

Across the globe, young people are rising up against climate change. And young poets are no exception. But is there a link between poetry and climate change? How can you get involved? Young Poets Networker Nadia Lines asks why activists are turning to poetry, and offers some ways into writing this huge issue. Climate change […]

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Young Poets on Climate Change: Metaphors Against Catastrophe

On 20 August 2018, 15-year-old Greta Thunberg sat in front of the Swedish parliament and kick-started a global wave of school strikes for climate. On 20 September 2019, people of all ages joined students in striking to protest inaction in the face of climate change. We’ve asked some young poets who are also climate activists […]

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How to publish your poetry: putting together the first book

How do you know when you’ve got enough poems for your first book? What order do you put them in? How do you submit a manuscript? Former Foyle Young Poet Phoebe Stuckes answers all these questions and more! When you’ve been writing poetry for a while, you might start to think about putting together your […]

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Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2019

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2019, for poems by writers aged 11-17, is now closed. Good luck and well done to everyone who entered! Next year’s competition will launch in spring 2020. All entrants will be contacted in mid-September with the results, and the winners will be publicly announced on 2 October […]

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Get feedback on your poem with Caroline Bird!

Young Poets Network launches an exciting new feedback programme… Have you written a poem that you’d like to show someone else? Are you wondering which bits of your poetry are working, and which bits aren’t? Do you want a professional poet’s opinion on your work? We’ve got just the thing for you! Young Poets Network […]

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“Everybody should write”: in conversation with Rupi Kaur

If you’re into poetry, you might have heard of Rupi Kaur. With over 3.6 million Instagram followers, she’s one of the best known ‘Instapoets’ – her debut collection milk and honey, which she originally self-published, sold more than 3.5 million copies, was on The New York Times Best Seller List for over 77 weeks, and […]

‘Today’ by Lola Koundakjian – transliterated!

We’ve teamed up with Modern Poetry in Translation to challenge young poets to translate the poem ‘Today’ by the Armenian poet Lola Koundakjian into English! How? Foyle Young Poet Adham Smart has provided us with a bridge translation, and below he has transliterated the poem to help you get a feel for the sound of it. Find […]

Aliyah Begum

In conversation with the Birmingham (Young) Poet Laureates

Foyle Young Poets are running Birmingham! From 2018-2020, 16-year-old Aliyah Begum is Birmingham’s Young Poet Laureate, and Richard O’Brien is the adult laureate. How do you become a poet laureate? What does a young poet laureate do, and how does it compare to the adult laureate role? We’ve been finding out… Thanks so much for […]